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Auto review: Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat gets the Widebody treatment for 2020

Emma Jayne Williams, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

Published in Automotive News

Dodge expands the high-performance Charger lineup for 2020 by adding a Widebody exterior to America's only four-door muscle car.

The Charger SRT Hellcat with the best-in-class supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 engine is now a Widebody, with new integrated fender flares adding 3.5 inches of body width, with room for new 20-inch wheels with wider, stickier tires. The trim is also available for the Scat Pack.

Charger is offered in seven models with a range of engines (3.6-liter V-6 to 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8): SXT, $29,895 (AWD adds $3,700); GT, $31,895; R/T, $36,395; Scat Pack, $39,995 (Widebody, $45,995); and SRT Hellcat Widebody, $71,745. Prices include $2,100 gas guzzler tax.

For 2020, a wide array of newly designed wheels/wheel finishes, new and updated packages and equipment groups, fresh premium interior materials, three new exterior colors and new badges offer customers more options than ever. This review features the aggressive Hellcat Widebody.

The new Widebody package includes exclusive performance front fascia with "mail slot" grille (most direct route for cool air to the radiator), sculpted performance hood with three heat extractors, SRT Widebody spoiler, six-piston Brembo performance front brakes and four-piston Brembo rear brakes, Widebody competition suspension with Bilstein three-mode adaptive damping, 20-by-11-inch wheels ("Warp Speed" deep dish design with low-gloss granite finish on my Charger SRT) and a flat-bottom steering wheel.

New side sills connect the front and rear fascias to strengthen the integrated design. The new rear spoiler creates aerodynamic balance with the new front-end design. Distinctive new two-piece SRT Hellcat fender badges in Satin Chrome leave no doubt what you are looking at.

 

My tester had three-season Pirelli performance tires (improve on-track performance) for $895.

With the 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 producing up to 707-horsepower and 650 foot-pounds of torque, running up to 196 mph, the Charger SRT Hellcat is the fastest, most-powerful mass-produced sedan in the world.

The new SRT-tuned three-mode adaptive damping competition suspension, along with wider tires, provides more grip for improved performance on the street, strip, or road course, making it the best-handling production Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat ever. Hellcat comes with two keys, a black one that limits the horsepower to "only" 500, or a red one, which allows the full 707 horsepower to come alive.

An efficient TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, optimizing fuel economy and enabling maximum performance with ultra-fast shifting and rev-matching.

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